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IDBF Paradragons

Paradragon is an exciting new division in dragon boat within the International Dragon Boat Federation, and it is inspirational to see this division race. Paradragons are defined by the IDBF as athletes that have some form of physical, psychological, neurological, sensory, developmental, or intellectual impairment. 

THE VISION - Create opportunities for anyone to compete in dragon boating regardless of their age, gender or impairment.

THE STRATEGY - Create an environment that encourages competition and thus greater participation.

THE PHILOSOPHY - Open to anyone with any impairment, open to any age, open to any gender.

Paradragons are dragon boat paddlers who are living with some form of physical, psychological, neurological, sensory, developmental, or intellectual impairment.  

The term is also used more generally to refer to a race category where some or all paddlers have such impairments.

Does my impairment qualify me as a Paradragon?

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Paradragon Lexicon

impairment [ im-pair-muhnt ]

noun
A structural or functional anomaly in the body

 

disability [ dis-uh-bil-i-tee ]

noun
a restriction on a person’s ability to carry out particular functions because of an impairment


Paradragon [ pahr-ah-drag-uhn ]

noun
A term describing an awesome and inspiring dragon boat paddler who happens to be living with an impairment.

adjective

relating to Paradragon activities

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IDBF seeks to provide maximum opportunities for Paradragons to participate in the sport of dragon boating through its provision of specific Paradragon racing. The IDBF Rule Book Integrates all three aspects of the philosophy so as to provide a way in which different groups of paddlers can race, fairly, against each other. A 'scoring' system is used to ensure fairness between teams. Composite teams are allowed.

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